We can have facts without thinking but we cannot have thinking without facts.
Every serious-minded person knows that a large part of the effort required in moral discipline consists in the courage needed to acknowledge the unpleasant consequences of one's past and present acts.
It is our American habit if we find the foundations of our educational structure unsatisfactory to add another story or wing. We find it easier to add a new study or course or kind of school than to recognize existing conditions so as to meet the need.
Intellectually, religious emotions are not creative but conservative. They attach themselves readily to the current view of the world and consecrate it.
The self is not something ready-made, but something in continuous formation through choice of action.
Luck, bad if not good, will always be with us. But it has a way of favoring the intelligent and showing its back to the stupid.
There is no discipline in the world so severe as the discipline of experience subjected to the tests of intelligent development and direction.
Social engaged intellectuals must accept reality as they found it and shape it toward positive social goals, not stand aside in self-righteous isolation.